The Pious Predecessors
Now let us see how much the Holy Companions, Followers, Followers-on and the pious predecessors used to be concerned and careful about conformance to the Sunnah, conformance to the Shari'ah and in carrying out each and every divine order.
Ordinarily the lives of these pious souls were exactly a specimen of the Holy Prophet's life; they were not prepared to budge even to the extent of a hair from this auspicious life. In journey, in residence, in distraction, in comfort, in short, in every condition, they used to be inquisitive as to how the Holy Prophet had behaved on such an occasion; then, acting upon his method, they used to speak delightfully and with pride that they had seen their beloved Prophet acting like that.
According to them, even a moment's opposition to the prophetic action was to involve oneself in destruction, whereas the condition of our present age is such that a large number of people have arisen in the modern group who consider the prophetic way of life an obstruction to progress and therefore they are always after removing it lock, stock and barrel. What a tremendous oppression it is upon themselves as well as on others!
"Those who do wrong will come to know by what a (great) reverse they will be overturned." (XXVI :227).